Turkey national basketball team
The Turkey national basketball team represents Turkey in international basketball tournaments. It is governed by the Turkish Basketball Federation, their nickname is the "12 Dev Adam". Turkey has won two silver medals at major international tournaments, namely the FIBA World Cup and EuroBasket. Turkey has won two gold. Turkey stands 17th in the FIBA World Rankings. Ahmet Robenson was known as being the first organizer of basketball in Turkey. In 1936, Turkey played its first basketball match against Greece, winning 49–12. For many years basketball was the second most popular sport in Turkey, but the national team could not win any international tournaments until the 1980s, when Turkey won the gold medal at the 1981 Balkan Championship and the 1987 Mediterranean Games. Efes Pilsen was the first Turkish club to win a European Cup in any team sport, the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup. Since basketball in Turkey has grown as the national basketball team began to play a major role in international tournaments.
The Turkish national team won the silver medal at the EuroBasket 2001, the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Turkey's European championship debut came at the EuroBasket 1949; the Turks split their six games in the seven-team round robin tournament, finishing with three wins and three losses for 4th place. Turkey competed again at the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris, their only loss in the preliminary round was to the Soviet Union as Turkey earned the second-rank spot with a 3–1 record. Their single loss to Bulgaria in the semi-final round, was enough to bump them from championship contention as they came out on the bottom of a three-way tie with a 2–1 record, they lost the 5/6 game to Italy. Turkey returned after missing 1953's edition to the EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, they went 1–2 in their preliminary round group, taking third in the pool and moving to classification play. There they lost only to France on their way to a 3–1 record in classification round 1, they lost their 9–12 semi-final by 1 point to Finland, but defeated England 77–54 in the next game to take 11th place of the 18 team tournament.
Turkey appeared again at the EuroBasket 1957 in Sofia. Losing to the Soviet Union and Poland in the preliminary round, Turkey took third in the group to be sent to the classification pool, they defeated each of the other seven teams in the classification round in order to take 9th place of the 16 teams. The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s were in general a barren period for the Turkish national basketball team, they were, successful at the Mediterranean Games, winning two bronze medals in 1967 and 1983, one silver medal in 1971, one gold medal in 1987. Turkey won the gold medal at the Balkan Championship in 1981; the team was led by notable coaches like Yalçın Granit and Mehmet Baturalp in the 1960s and 1970s, by Aydan Siyavuş during the Balkan and Mediterranean triumphs of the 1980s, which marked the dawn of a successful new era in Turkish basketball starting from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Efe Aydan and Erman Kunter were among the notable players of this period in Turkish basketball. Erman Kunter, who still holds a number of all-time records in the Turkish Basketball League as a player became a successful coach in the Turkish and French basketball leagues, led the Turkish national team at the EuroBasket 1999.
Turkey appeared again at the EuroBasket 1993 after 12 years of absence, but finished 11th among 16 teams. Turkey finished 13th among 14 teams at the EuroBasket 1995, 8th among 16 teams at the EuroBasket 1997, again 8th among 16 teams at the EuroBasket 1999; as the host country of the EuroBasket 2001, the Turkish national basketball team, led by coach Aydın Örs, reached the EuroBasket final for the first time in their history Turkey defeated Croatia in the quarter-finals and Germany in the semi-finals, before playing with Yugoslavia in the final. Turkey finished the tournament with the silver medal. Turkish star İbrahim Kutluay scored 19 points in the final game and was included in the all-tournament team. Team captain Harun Erdenay was another key scorer for Turkey in the tournament; the team's roster included past and future NBA players Mirsad Türkcan, Hidayet Türkoğlu and Mehmet Okur. Turkey qualified for the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Turkey finished 9th. At the EuroBasket 2003, Turkey reached the second round where they got eliminated by Serbia and Montenegro.
Turkey qualified for the EuroBasket 2005 held in Serbia and Montenegro, but lost to Lithuania and Croatia, defeating only Bulgaria in the preliminary round. This win brought Turkey to the knock-out stage, where Germany eliminated the team 66–57. Turkey ended the tournament with a 9–12 rank. Turkey was awarded one of the four wild cards by FIBA for the qualification to the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan; the Turkish squad completed the preliminary rounds in Group C at second place after the Greek team, was entitled to play in the round of 16, winning 4 matches against Lithuania, Australia and Qatar out of 5 games in total, losing only to Greece in the last match. The young team achieved the first official win over Lithuania and the first 4 consecutive wins in a championship. On A
Mykolas Ruzgys is a Lithuanian basketball player. He won gold medal with Lithuania national basketball team during the EuroBasket 1939, held in Kaunas. Born in the United States as Michael Paul Rutzgis, around 1938 he moved to Kaunas and became CJSO basketball team member and player, he was invited to Lithuania national basketball team and became champion of Europe in 1939. He was fifth in scoring during the competition. Around 1940 he returned to the United States. After the World War II he settled in Monaco, he coached the Spain national basketball team in the 1950 FIBA World Championship in Buenos Aires, while at the same time coaching one team in the Spanish League, U. D. Huesca. After that, he became player-coach for Bazan Ferrol. Bazan sponsored its own men's and women's basketball teams; the men's A Team was good enough to play in the Second Division, some say that the shipyard refused a berth in the First for financial reasons. On Monday June 1, 1953, Bazan won the Regions Federation Cup in Valladolid by defeating Español de Valencia 43-30.
The newspaper Mundo Deportivo praised the speed of the Bazan players and singled out Rusghise as their best player, the coach and whose real name was Michael P. Rutzgis; the 1954 season was arguably Team A's best. In February, Bazan played a home friendly against the Spanish national team. Between May 11-13 Bazan played in the round-robin inter-regional championship held in Valladolid against Águilas de Valladolid, Real Valladolid and Covadonga de Gijón. On Tuesday May 11 Bazan beat Covadonga de Gijón 44-28 with "manifest superiority." On Wednesday Bazan defeated Águilas de Valladolid 59-43. The decisive game was played at noon on Thursday "under a blazing sun" against Real Valladolid. In a "colossal feat" Bazan won 54-39; the outstanding Bazan players of the series were Lobón and Polo. The championship advanced the team to the Copa del Generalísimo in Madrid where they would face San Adrián de Barcelona, Estudiantes de Madrid and Real Madrid. On Thursday May 20, 1954, Bazan left Ferrol for Madrid on the TAF.
On Sunday at 7:00 PM Bazan beat San Adrián de Barcelona 64-46. On Monday at 11:00 PM Bazan defeated Estudiantes de Madrid 74-63. On Tuesday at 11:00 PM Bazan succumbed to Real Madrid 37-67. "The superiority of Real Madrid was evident, they were always ahead on the scoreboard." On Wednesday May 26 the team returned from Madrid. "Players of juvenile and junior basketball teams many fans gave the Ferrol sportsmen an affectionate and cordial welcome home" at a transfer railway station forty-one kilometers away from the city. A short note in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia of June 9, 1954, summed up the extraordinary season thus, "Our unreserved applause for Ruzgis and those sportsmen he so skilfully trains."... Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989. – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989. Http://historiabasket.blogspot.com.es/2011/08/el-catalogo-del-buen-ferrolano.html http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD02/HEM/1953/06/01/MD19530601-001.pdf
A tarpaulin, or tarp, is a large sheet of strong, water-resistant or waterproof material cloth such as canvas or polyester coated with polyurethane, or made of plastics such as polyethylene. In some places such as Australia, in military slang, a tarp may be known as a hootch. Tarpaulins have reinforced grommets at the corners and along the sides to form attachment points for rope, allowing them to be tied down or suspended. Inexpensive modern tarpaulins are made from woven polyethylene; the word tarpaulin originated as a compound of the words tar and palling, referring to a tarred canvas pall used to cover objects on ships. Sailors tarred their own overclothes in the same manner as the sheets or palls. By association, sailors became known as "jack tars". In the mid-19th century, "paulin" was used for such a cloth. "Two wagon beds... were placed upon frames... Thus constructed, they were placed upon a duck paulin, drawn up around the beds and secured." Tarpaulins have multiple uses, including as shelter from the elements, i.e. wind, rain, or sunlight, a ground sheet.
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France national basketball team
The France national basketball team is administered by the French Basketball Federation. France has been a regular with 37 appearances, the most of any nation, its best results have been a gold medal at EuroBasket 2013 and silver medals in 1949 and 2011. The French squad has won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics, in 1948 and 2000. France's best result at the FIBA Basketball World Cup came in 2014. Throughout its history, France's national basketball team has experienced many downs; the time periods where the national team earned medals have been quite streaky. In Europe, team France started out as a fierce competitor; the team won 5 medals at the FIBA EuroBasket between 1937 and 1959.1937: Bronze Medal, 3–2 overall, second in preliminary group, lost semifinal, won bronze medal match1947: Silver Medal, 5–1 overall, round robin tournament, no playoffs1949: Bronze Medal. Its period of glory at the world stage began. At the 1948 Olympics in London, the France team led by Robert Busnel won an Olympic silver medal, the first Olympic medal in its history.
The French finished second only to the United States. In the wake of this Olympic medal, led by captain André Vacheresse, won three consecutive medals, including silver at the EuroBasket 1949, bronze at the EuroBasket 1951 and the EuroBasket 1953; the following years were less glorious. France's basketball team declined to disappear completely from the two major world competitions during the 1960s and 1970s. After the disappointing 60s and 70s, the 1980s were marked by a generation of hope, counting in its ranks French basketball icons such as Richard Dacoury, Stephane Ostrowski and Hervé Dubuisson. During this decade, France returned to the Olympics, the 1986 FIBA World Championship. During the 1990s Team France had its moments to shine despite some internal struggles and many injuries for key players. At the European meetings, the team did not win a medal despite some good performances; the years 1999 and 2000, marked a turnaround for French basketball. The team built around Rigaudeau, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Bilba, Foirest finished in the top 4 at the EuroBasket 1999 in France and only lost the bronze medal final to Yugoslavia, despite some internal problems that disrupted the group of players.
In 2000, team France traveled to the Olympics in Sydney, full of ambition, which developed the means for major achievement. At the end of its time in Australia, the selection of Jean-Pierre de Vincenzi won the Olympic silver medal, the selection's first top 3 performance at a major basketball event in 46 years and its first Olympic medal in 52 years. After this event, the Olympic vice-champion gained new backbone in Tony Parker, selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA draft. However, at the EuroBasket 2001, without Rigaudeau, who decided to retire from the team after the Olympics, the 19-year-old Parker alone was not enough as France failed to repeat its outstanding performance at the Olympic Games. France finished 6th place overall. During this time, most of France's players cleared their spots for a new generation of players, which were available in abundance as France Junior national team had won the 2000 junior championship. At the EuroBasket 2003, France competed with an immensely talented squad, which included the NBA players Tony Parker, Jérôme Moïso and Tariq Abdul-Wahad, future NBA-player Boris Diaw and Euroleague players Laurent Foirest, Cyril Julian and Florent Piétrus.
The stated objective was the title, which would come as the second within a short time-period to Tony Parker who had won the NBA title only a few months ago. But despite competing with one of the most promising rosters France lost in the semifinal against Lithuania and also lost the match for 3rd place against Italy, which France had declassified in the preliminary round. At the end, France failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Hoping not to repeat the disappointing performance of 2003, France's squad again saw some considerable changes in 2005. For the EuroBasket 2005 team France was built based on team chemistry instead of big names; the new coach Claude Bergeaud also selected Frédéric Weis, an underachieving player once drafted at the 1999 NBA Draft, who did not participate the team's preparation. After a sobering first round, team France improved to stunning performances in the playoffs. First, France eliminated world champion Serbia-Montenegro on their home court the team defeated the European champion Lithuania.
In a semi-final game against Greece where both side battled each other through tough defense, France failed in the last second after leading by seven points, 45 seconds before the game ended. Unlike 2003, France recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Spain in the small final by more than thirty points. At the World Championship 2006 France competed without Tony Parker, who suffered a twisted finger two
Estonia the Republic of Estonia, is a country in North East Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia, to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia; the territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2, water 2,839 km2, land area 42,388 km2, is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the third most spoken Finno-Ugric language; the territory of Estonia has been inhabited since at least 9,000 B. C. Ancient Estonians were some of the last European pagans to be Christianized, following the Livonian Crusade in the 13th century. After centuries of successive rule by Germans, Swedes and Russians, a distinct Estonian national identity began to emerge in the 19th and early 20th centuries; this culminated in independence from Russia in 1920 after a brief War of Independence at the end of World War I.
Democratic, after the Great Depression Estonia was governed by authoritarian rule since 1934 during the Era of Silence. During World War II, Estonia was contested and occupied by the Soviet Union and Germany being incorporated into the former as the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. After the loss of its de facto independence, Estonia's de jure state continuity was preserved by diplomatic representatives and the government-in-exile. In 1987 the peaceful Singing Revolution began against Soviet rule, resulting in the restoration of de facto independence on 20 August 1991; the sovereign state of Estonia is a democratic unitary parliamentary republic divided into fifteen counties. Its capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of 1.3 million, it is one of the least-populous member states of the European Union since joining in 2004, the economic monetary Eurozone, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Schengen Area, of the Western military alliance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
It is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy, among the fastest-growing in the EU. Estonia ranks high in the Human Development Index, performs favourably in measurements of economic freedom, civil liberties and press freedom. Estonian citizens are provided with universal health care, free education, the longest-paid maternity leave in the OECD. One of the world's most digitally advanced societies, in 2005 Estonia became the first state to hold elections over the Internet, in 2014 the first state to provide e-residency. In the Estonian language the oldest known endonym of the Estonians was maarahvas, meaning "country people" or "people of the soil"; the land inhabited by Estonians was called Maavald meaning "Country Realm" or "Land Realm". One hypothesis regarding the modern name of Estonia derives it from the Aesti, a people described by the Roman historian Tacitus in his Germania; the historic Aesti were Baltic people, whereas the modern Estonians are Finno-Ugric. The geographical areas of the Aesti and of Estonia do not match, with the Aesti living farther south.
Ancient Scandinavian sagas refer to an area called Eistland, as the country is still called in Icelandic, with close parallels to the Danish, Dutch and Norwegian terms Estland for the country. Early Latin and other ancient versions of the name include Hestia. Esthonia was a common alternative English spelling before 1921. Human settlement in Estonia became possible 13,000 to 11,000 years ago, when the ice from the last glacial era melted; the oldest known settlement in Estonia is the Pulli settlement, on the banks of the river Pärnu, near the town of Sindi, in south-western Estonia. According to radiocarbon dating it was settled around 11,000 years ago; the earliest human inhabitation during the Mesolithic period is connected to the Kunda culture, named after the town of Kunda in northern Estonia. At that time the country was covered with forests, people lived in semi-nomadic communities near bodies of water. Subsistence activities consisted of hunting and fishing. Around 4900 BC appear ceramics of the neolithic period, known as Narva culture.
Starting from around 3200 BC the Corded Ware culture appeared. The Bronze Age started around 1800 BC, saw the establishment of the first hill fort settlements. A transition from hunting-fishing-gathering subsistence to single-farm-based settlement started around 1000 BC, was complete by the beginning of the Iron Age around 500 BC; the large amount of bronze objects indicate the existence of active communication with Scandinavian and Germanic tribes. A more troubled and war-ridden middle Iron Age followed, with external threats appearing from different directions. Several Scandinavian sagas referred to major confrontations with Estonians, notably when Estonians defeated and killed the Swedish king Ingvar. Similar threats appeared in the east. In 1030 Yaroslav the Wise established a fort in modern-day Tartu. Around the 11th century, the Scandinavian Viking era around the Baltic Sea was succeeded by the Baltic Viking era, with seaborne
Frank John Lubin was a Lithuanian American basketball player. In 1997, Lubin was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Helms Sports Hall of Fame. Lubin was born on the east side of Los Angeles, California, to a family of Lithuanian immigrants, he died in Glendale, California. A veteran with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Lubin was buried at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside, California, his father, Konstantinas Lubinas, was from Vilkaviškis, while his mother, Paulina Vasiliauskaitė, was from Vabalninkas. When Lubin grew up to a height of 6 ft 7 in at Lincoln High School, classmates encouraged him to try out for the basketball team. Gangly and uncoordinated, Lubin struggled to improve his game, but was named to the All-City Second Team as a senior in 1927. While playing college basketball at UCLA, from 1928 to 1931, Lubin earned All-Pacific Coast Conference honors in his senior season. Following his college career, he worked as a stagehand at Twentieth Century Fox, joined the studio's AAU team, which earned the right to represent the U.
S. as part of the first Olympic basketball tournament in 1936, where he won the gold. During the 1936 Summer Olympics, Lubin was invited to come to Lithuania, he became their first national team head coach, they won the EuroBasket title in 1937. When the team hosted the EuroBasket in 1939, they again won the title, this time with Lubin, acting as a player-coach. Lubin the de facto MVP of EuroBasket 1939, however he was unable to receive the award, because he was taller than 6 ft 3 in, FIBA had a rule at the time, which prohibited the award to be given to players at such a height; when World War II broke out in 1939, Lubin was in Italy. Given that Nazi Germany was directly on the path back to Lithuania, Italian officials had to help the team to get back, through train and boat, avoiding Germany. Afterwards, Lubin fled Lithuania to California with his family, in the face of the upcoming Soviet invasion that happened one year later. Lubin continued to play for the Twentieth Century Fox team until 1955, when knee problems prompted him to retire.
For his contributions and for introducing the now basketball-mad country of Lithuania to the sport, Lubin is called the "grandfather of Lithuanian basketball". List of FIBA EuroBasket winning head coaches Footnotes Bibliography Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989 – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989 Evans, Hilary. "Frank Lubin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Frank Lubin at Find a Grave Olympic Oral History interview with Frank Lubin Frank Lubin page on Hoopedia. NBA Los Angeles Times Interview with Mary Agnes Lubin "Captain of the United States Olympic Basketball Team in 1936 was Frank Lubinas" - U. S. Ambassador John A. Cloud
Lithuania men's national basketball team
The Lithuania men's national basketball team participates in FIBA's competitions. Despite Lithuania's small size, with a population of just 2.8 million, the country's devotion to basketball has made them a traditional force of the sport in Europe. The Lithuanian team won the last EuroBasket tournaments prior to World War II, in 1937 and 1939; the 1939 team was led by Frank Lubin, who helped popularize basketball in the country and was called the "grandfather of Lithuanian basketball". Following the country's annexation by the Soviet Union during the war, Lithuanian players formed the core of the Soviet national team; the most prevalent example was the 1988 Olympic basketball gold medal-winning team which got most of its scoring from four Lithuanians: Valdemaras Chomičius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Arvydas Sabonis. After the restoration of Lithuanian independence in 1990, the national team was resurrected. Lithuania won bronze medals in the first three Olympics to include NBA players – 1992, 1996, 2000 - in addition to finishing fourth in 2004 and 2008, in eighth place at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Lithuanian team won the FIBA EuroBasket for the third time in 2003, a bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. On 13 December 1925 in the Latvian capital Riga, Lithuanians played their first international game against their neighbors. Given the Latvians had international knowledge provided by coaches of the American YMCA, they won 41–20. On, Latvians were crushing the future three-times European champions Lithuanians as well. Another game the following year was won by the Latvians 47–12. During the period, basketball saw its Lithuanian popularity decrease and get overshadowed by football; the cold climate and lack of suitable indoor arena only allowed for basketball to be played during the summer period, then those who practiced preferred other sports. Things started to improve in 1934, when the Physical Culture Palace was opened in Kaunas, featuring a spacious hall with 200 seats and cork floor built for tennis, suitable for indoor basketball. In 1935, Lithuania decided to promote a World Lithuanian Congress in temporary capital Kaunas, inviting ethnic Lithuanians from many countries to unite the Lithuanian culture.
The following year, a delegation of Lithuanian American athletes from Chicago arrived in Kaunas as participants of World Lithuanian Congress. Two of the players, Juozas "Joseph" Zukas and Konstantinas "Konnie" Savickus, stayed to teach basketball secrets to Lithuanians and be a part of the national team. Savickus in particular became a player-coach, while the national team had just been trounced by inaugural European champions Latvia 123–10, one year with Savickus leading the team and exploiting stalling techniques, Lithuania trailed only 14–7 at halftime before losing 31–10. In 1936, Lithuania applied to become a member of FIBA and take part in international basketball competitions, including EuroBasket 1937, the second European basketball tournament that the Latvia Basketball Association as reigning champions would host in Riga. While Savickus had returned to America, another descendant of Lithuanians would arrive to aid the country's basketball rise. Frank Lubin, who won a gold medal at the first basketball Olympic tournament at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, was invited to visit the Baltic nation by a Lithuanian official in attendance.
Going by the Lithuanian name Pranas Lubinas, he spent five months there and served as the country's first knowledgeable coach, helping spread various basketball techniques. Lubinas, along with Zukas, helped the Lithuanians beat the Latvians for the first time, 35 to 27; the preparations for the EuroBasket 1937 started with players training only 4 hours a week. At first, it was decided that the national team at the tournament would not include any Lithuanian Americans. Lithuanian player Leonas Baltrūnas was shocked at the article and along with journalist Jonas Narbutas, used a translated version of it to request the inclusion of Lithuanian Americans to Vytautas Augustauskas, director of the Physical Culture Palace. After a telegram was sent to the US, two players arrived one month prior to the tournament, Pranas Talzūnas and Feliksas Kriaučiūnas, the latter of whom was designated as player-coach. To keep secrecy on how Lithuanian Americans were strengthening the team, all preparation games were cancelled and instead prolonged training sessions before the trip to Riga were held behind closed doors.
The national team was being prepared not only technically, but physically. Once the reinforcements were made public, opponents were skeptic, with Talzūnas remembering other teams felt he and Kriaučiūnas were not quality players as "everyone thought that a good player must be tall, raising his hand and dunking into the basket.". The efforts were successful - the Lithuanians became the champions of Europe for the first time, defeating all their opponents and with Talzūnas being picked as the tournament's most valuable player. Following the final victory over Italy, the famous Lithuanian tenor Kipras Petrauskas interrupted his performance at the State Theatre to joyfully announce the triumph of the national basketball team; the crowd rose to their feet and together sang the Lithuanian anthem. The team returned to a warm reception, with thousands gathering at a train station in a way Kriaučiūnas compared to "like we, here in America, greet the president." Basketball regained its ground